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Poster: Solo Head Date: Jul 2, 2009 8:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

I'll start with an obscure tune. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ba4GnBpEdrI&;feature=related

PS...No google searching, lets stretch those synapses...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Without googling you say?

Dang - well what immediately came to mind was this little song from around 1981, by an English post [punk band something like U2 -
"Independence Day"...
they repeat that title a couple times in the chorus...
who was that?

Anyone remember that?

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

OK, none of you are gonna remember that song, you were shall we say, In The Dark at the time, or Without A Net.

So I cheated, with my little clam shell running on OS 9.1 -

Try to nfind this on youtube...
it's a good little tune that never got past college radio staions in the USA at the time - circa 1981...

The Comsat Angels “Independence Day”

A declaration
Of the intention
To stop extension into my airspace
I'll put the flags up
Pull up the anchor
And then you'll know you're in a different place
And I can't stand up and I can't sit down
'cause a great big problem stop me in my tracks
I can't relax 'cause I haven't done a thing
and I can't do a thing 'cause I can't relax

You've got your habits
I've got my customs
I'm sure you know it's got to be this way
No hesitation
And in the future
We'll celebrate on Independence Day
And I can't stand up and I can't sit down
'cause a great big problem stop me in my tracks
I can't relax 'cause I haven't done a thing
And I can't do a thing 'cause I can't relax
Independence Day
Independence Day
Independence Day
Independence Day

Hang out the flags ring in the new,
We should be dancing on the city streets
I kmow the tune, I know the words,
My mouth is open but I cannot speak
And I can't stand up and I can't sit down
'cause a great big problem stop me in my tracks
I can't relax 'cause I haven't done a thing
And I can't do a thing 'cause I can't relax
Independence Day
Independence Day
Independence Day
Independence Day

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jul 2, 2009 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Surprised no one has mentioned Chicago's "Saturday in the Park"

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Jul 2, 2009 6:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Excellent!!!!

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Poster: K-Wave Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Todd Rundgren- "Temporary Sanity"

"And the wind cries 'Merry Christmas'
Happy 4th of July...."

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Well ... how could we forget "Tears of Rage" ...

"We carried you in our arms on Independence Day"

I always thought this song was about "Uncle Sam" himself.
You know, the way they say "Neighborhood Bully" is about Israel ...

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

I've been on a bit of Elton kick lately, so I'm bummed I didn't think of that one before I clicked the link.

What an outstanding slab of cheese that Caribou album is! I should be embarassed to say I still love it almost as much as I did when it came out, when I was 12

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Poster: Solo Head Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:22am
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No need to be embarrassed. Elton was the perfect segue to the GD for me. Lots of similarities...Smoking band...great lyrics...male harmonies. The thing that Elton had was Gus Dudgeon, who produced those early-mid 70's albums, which led to his huge popular success.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 2, 2009 12:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

My favorite Elton appearance:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xJ_agcMy5c

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 12:23pm
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That was awesome! Thanks. I obviously need to find myself an Elton board.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Don't forget Paul Buckmaster - the orchestral rock of "Madman" and "Don't Shoot Me" has never been matched. You're right on about the band. I saw him on the TV just a few weeks ago, a show at the Royal Academy, and there were Davey Johnstone and Nigel Olson, almost 40 years later, still rocking along with old Elton.

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Poster: high flow Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:43am
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--VMlvbkJbw

I WIN!!!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

You do!

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:34am
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Indeed you do!

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Poster: sugar_shack Date: Jul 2, 2009 11:09am
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I weep every time I listen to Ticking.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 12:24pm
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Well, yeah, that would be the ultimate cheese! I can't listen to that one - even when I was a kid the casual racial slurs always bugged the hell out of me - it's just so out of place and unnecessary. I'd probably feel differently about it if it were clear that he says it in the character's voice, but that's not clear at all.

But there are the lesser cheeses like Pinky, cited above, Dixie Lily, Stinker!, and my own personal favorite I've Seen The Saucers. And I don't care what anyone says, The Bitch Is Back is about as good as top-40 got in the mid-70s.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 2, 2009 4:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Yeah, but what was up with "Solar Prestige A Gammon?" They re-used a riff from "Cold Highway" in it, but I prefer "Cold Highway" (left off of Caribou til now). Worst Taupin lyric ever?

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 3, 2009 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

That is a weird goof, but Worst Taupin Lyric could be a very crowded field! - I nominate Sweet Painted Lady and, notwithstanding the circumstances, the best-selling single in history, Goodbye England's Rose ... I'm pretty sure Elton retired it as much out of embarassment as respect.

And don't forget "We Built This City"!

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 3, 2009 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Aw, I kinda like "Sweet Painted Lady," it gives Elton the chance to be a seaside prostitute for the length of the song (something he probably got a vicarious thrill out of). Well, I knew the Starshit didn't write "We Built This City," but I didn't know it was Taupin. Sheesh. Fenario, you're right, that must be Da Winna, hands down... :\

Yeah, I noticed at the more recent tribute to DIana, although Elton was there, he didn't whip out "English Rose" (or "Candle In The Wind", for that matter.) Thank goodness for that. He did, however, play "Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting..." :)

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Poster: Smokestack Jones Date: Jul 2, 2009 12:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)Bruce.
And the boys from the casino dance with their shirts open like Latin lovers on the shore
Chasin' all them silly New York virgins by the score

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Jul 2, 2009 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

That tune's lyrics represent a great snippet of Americana. Bruce laid down some powerful imagery with the lyrics from the first 2 albums! Nice selection....

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:13am
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4th Of July - X
Jack Straw - I forget who does that one... ;-)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

X was the first song that came to mind. Hey, baby, it's the fourth of july....

Then again, although it does not mention 4th of July, this is one I like to "spin" on the 4th (everybody's working overtime)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb2mRLTVyQg&;feature=related

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

okay now, you guys deserve a six gun salute for remembering X - July 4th song.
I'd completely forgot that one...
and James Brown yet.


Go To Heaven!

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: All Songs With a July 4th Reference

Actually, I'm that "tweener" generation post Shakedown and pre Go To Heaven release. Disco Dead!

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:52am
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That is almost exactly where I slot in, first show 5/12/1979 - just missed the Godchauxs ...

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 2, 2009 9:04pm
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Hey BD, how'd it go Friday?

http://www.archive.org/iathreads/post-view.php?id=251617



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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Jul 3, 2009 8:09am
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David Byrne - “Independence Day”

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Poster: subterraneangardens Date: Jul 2, 2009 3:36pm
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Johnnys Got A Gun ...Dead Moon (Fred Cole)

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:21am
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Artist Line-up

Rothbury 2008 photo gallery

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jul 2, 2009 10:13am
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Yankee Doodle Dandy ... let's not forget GMC!

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Jul 2, 2009 7:24pm
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"Almost Independence Day". Van Morrison from St Dominick's Preview